Come and join us for wine and cheese as we discuss Ron Ritchhart's book Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools.
Creating Cultures of Thinking builds the case for "enculturation" as the key to deep learning and the development of the habits of mind and dispositions needed in a changing world. Ritchhart demystifies the process of creating dynamic learning communities by first identifying and then walking us through the eight forces we must marshal to build strong group culture. Case studies, practical guidelines, self-assessments, and inquiry projects enable teachers and administrators—as well as anyone interested in fostering group learning—to understand and shape powerful learning communities.
In preparation for this discussion please read (or reread) Chapter 7 (pp. 171-197) and bring with you a thinking routine that you have recently used in your classroom or learning area. Come prepared to share with others the activity students were engaged in, the thinking routine you tried, and your reflection/thoughts on how it was received.